Podcast Episode 26: This is Your Brain, This is Knitting



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In this week’s episode, Casey talks with psychologist Dr. Art Markman about about your brain on knitting – process vs. project knitters, multi-task knitting, and other topics.

Dr. Art Markman, Ph.D., is Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He got his Sc.B. in Cognitive Science from Brown and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois. He has published over 150 scholarly works on topics in higher-level thinking including the effects of motivation on learning and performance, analogical reasoning, categorization, decision making, and creativity. Art serves as the director of the program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations at the University of Texas.

His NPR show and podcast is Two Guys on Your Head
His latest book we mention is called Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions About Your Brain

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Things we talk about in this episode:
Blocking (photo tutorial)
Steam Blocking
Finer Points of Garment Fitting and Blocking
Provisional Cast-On
Provisional Cast-On Using a Crochet Hook
German Short Row Socks
Playlist of Portuguese Knitting videos
Knit Companion App

Podcast Episode 25: Do Chickens Need Sweaters?



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Peter English has studied birds for over 40 years and has extensive experience both as a researcher and an ecotourism professional and has studied birds in 28 countries. During his career he has been a Watson Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar, and has led over 150 international birdwatching tours with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. In Ecuador, Dr. English was a driving force behind the creation of the Napo Wildlife Center, among the most celebrated ecotourism lodges in the past decade. Dr. English is currently a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.

While we tried to sit outside to get birdsong in the background, the birds were quiet that day. Peter gave me some bird calls to include in the show. The funny sounding birds at the beginning are great tailed grackles which are all over Austin. Austinites have a love-hate relationship with grackles. The chirps at the end are from carolina wrens. The airplane noises are authentic.

Nestwatch tells you when birds are building nests.

Videos: Playlist of seaming videos

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The June Cashmere video we mention in the episode.

Skeino Donna Vest

Podcast Episode 24: Love the Swatch



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From Our Sponsors:
Louet – Louet has a new Needle of the Month Club, click through for more information. I’ve done several tutorials with Louet:
Sixes and Threes Cowl
ATX Linen Tote
Tesserino Cowl
Sharbella Shawl
Matterhorn Cabled Cowl

Eucalan – the fiber wash Staci uses for all her knits. (I’m in love with the Wrapture scent, a clean jasmine smell.)

And from Skeino, their new Turtleneck Sweater. Available in over 30 colors in Merino wool.
skeino-turtleneck

Links to things we talk about in this episode:
Casey’s linen tank with a sad story.
Ike’s Collegiate (Dog) Sweater Pattern

Podcast Episode 23: One Complication at a Time



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From Our Sponsors:
Louet – Louet has a new Needle of the Month Club, click through for more information. I’ve done several tutorials with Louet:
Sixes and Threes Cowl
ATX Linen Tote
Tesserino Cowl
Sharbella Shawl
Matterhorn Cabled Cowl

June Cashmere – they have a great story, click through to their website and select the “Who We Are” tab! Use promo code VERYPINK to get free shipping on your order of $100 or more. Below is the His or Her Scarf I knit using their DK weight yarn, in the limited edition color Silver Bell.
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Eucalan – the fiber wash Staci uses for all her knits. (I’m in love with the Wrapture scent, a clean jasmine smell.)

Things we talk about in this episode:
Video: Intarsia vs. Duplicate Stitch
Video: Icord Side Edging
Video: Mattress Stitch
Video: Reusing Yarn
Video: Duplicate Stitch

The Eva hat pattern that Staci mentions is actually called Samantha. The pattern is only available in a book, which is now out of print.

Podcast Episode 22: Field Trip



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From Our Sponsors:
Louet – Louet has a new Needle of the Month Club, click through for more information. I’ve done several tutorials with Louet:
Sixes and Threes Cowl
ATX Linen Tote
Tesserino Cowl
Sharbella Shawl
Matterhorn Cabled Cowl

Bijou Basin Ranch – click through to see their new Master Color Series in amazing colors.

Links to things we talk about in this episode:
Yarn the Movie
The Contemporary Austin – the museum that hosted the film as part of their rooftop series
Orly Genger’s Hurlyburly
Casey’s blog post about Yarn the Movie
The writing Casey mentioned by Barbara Kingsolver

Blocking Tutorial (not a video)
Video: Simple Magic Loop
Video: Reinforcing Sock Toes and Heels

Cassette tape audio thing – the gizmo Staci uses to listen to podcasts in the car.

Podcast Episode 21: The Pattern is Not the Boss of You



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To get your knitting question answered on the show, email your question to podcast@verypink.com.

You can see Casey’s website and her social media buttons on kcknits.com.

From Our Sponsors:
Louet – Louet has a new Needle of the Month Club, click through for more information. I’ve done several tutorials with Louet:
Sixes and Threes Cowl
ATX Linen Tote
Tesserino Cowl
Sharbella Shawl
Matterhorn Cabled Cowl

June Cashmere – they have a great story, click through to their website and select the “Who We Are” tab! Use promo code VERYPINK to get free shipping on your order of $100 or more.

Bijou Basin Ranch – they have a new Master Color Series in amazing colors.

Eucalan – the fiber wash Staci uses for all her knits. (I’m in love with the Wrapture scent, a clean jasmine smell.)

Links to things we talk about in this episode:
Video: There’s a Knot in my Yarn!
Video: Lifted increases
Video: KFB (knit front/back)

Podcast Episode 20: Down with Inches!



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To get your knitting question answered on the show, email your question to podcast@verypink.com.

You can see Casey’s website and her social media buttons on kcknits.com.

From Our Sponsors:
Bijou Basin Ranch, a Tibetan Yak ranch in Colorado. I recently did a tutorial on their Beau Felted Wrap that uses their Bijou Spun “Himalayan Trail” yarn, a yak down and merino blend.
beau
SKEINO and their Annette Shawl. This is a version of the Bauhaus Shawl in over 40 different colorways, in different yarns including baby alpaca and fine merino. Beginner level. You can see the video on the Annette shawl here.
skeino-annette-shawl

Links to things we talk about in this episode:
Portuguese knitting videos on Pinterest
Video: Getting Good Tension
Here’s an article about Americans and the metric system.

Podcast Episode 19: Watch Out, Wyoming



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Note from Staci – In this episode, I mentioned that I usually only wash my hand knits once at the end of the season, and this is true, but I wasn’t thinking about socks when I said that! I knit machine-washable socks, and I machine wash them and set them out flat to dry more than once a season!

From Our Sponsors:
Bijou Basin Ranch, a Tibetan Yak ranch in Colorado. I recently did a tutorial on their Beau Felted Wrap that uses their Bijou Spun “Himalayan Trail” yarn, a yak down and merino blend.
beau

June Cashmere – Use the promo code VERYPINK for free shipping on orders $100 or more. This is the scarf I’m currently knitting using their DK weight cashmere yarn, more info on my Ravelry page.
his-and-her-scarf-wip-1-sm

Links to things we talk about in this episode:
Video: Shadow Chevron Stitch (keeping good tension between knit and purl stitches)
Video: Weaving in Cotton Ends
Video: Mysteries of Row Gauge

Podcast Episode 18: Merino is the Answer



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From Our Sponsors:
SKEINO Bauhaus Mitered Shawl Kit
SKEINO Bauhaus Shawl Tutorial
skeino-bauhaus

The Woolery
You can see my Strauch ball winder and swift in this video:

Links to things we talk about in this episode:
Tutorial: Beau Felted Wrap

Video: Spit Splicing
Video: Three Options for Joining a New Ball of Yarn
Video: Avoiding Ladders

Sock Blanks on Etsy

Capturing the Color of a Skein (slider tool to see how multi-colored yarns will knit up)

Tutorial: SKEINO Operetta Shawl

Podcast Episode 17: This Yarn is My Best Friend



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To get your knitting question answered on the show, email your question to podcast@verypink.com.

You can see Casey’s website and her social media buttons on kcknits.com.

Links to things we talk about in this episode:
If you want to see the collection of fair isle hats Staci has been knitting, here is her Ravelry notebook.

Video: Checking Gauge
Video: Getting Good Tension
Video: Math for Knitters, Substituting yarns

Video: Ravelry Tips, Using Advanced Search
Jared Flood – Brooklyn Tweed
Cobblestone Sweater
Book: Knits Men Want
Book: Knitting with Balls